Ranked #2 in Turkey Tourism
Cappadocia or Kapadokya is a scenic region located in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Today the area of Cappadocia includes several provinces: Nevsehir, Nigde, Aksaray, Kayseri and Kirsehir. The main sightseeing highlights there are the impressive geological formations, as well as cultural and historical legacy and therefore Cappadocia is certainly a place worth seeing while visiting Turkey.
The etymology of the name of this place is rather interesting, since in Persian “Katpatuka” means “The Land of Beautiful Horses“. Indeed, centuries ago Kadpadokya was famous for its high value horse pedigree. Some archaeological work proves that the place was inhabited already during the Paleolithic age; however, the first written documents are made by the powerful empire of Hittites in the late Bronze Age.
The tourism offer of Cappadocia is actually very diverse; though, do not expect to see lots of modern shopping malls and chic restaurants on your way. Tourists are welcomed to visit some of the local towns such as Avanos, Ürgüp (this place is advised for those who look for a little bit more modern accommodation and catering facilities) as well as Göreme and Kayseri where the imposing and well-known fairy chimneys and volcanic peaks are located. Göreme Open-Air Museum, which incorporates large monastic complex, is certainly worth visiting. There you will be able to see impressive rock-cut churches with incredible wall paintings. The number of churches and chapels in this museum is great indeed; the most known of them are St. Barbara Church, Nunnery, Dark Church and Buckle Church.
In Cappadocia you will certainly sense the historic ambience, which has not been spoilt trough the centuries. If you your travel budget is not too tight, definitely use the opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Cappadocia from a hot-air balloon. The hospitality of the locals and their traditions are also an added value and it serves as yet another reason to visit Cappadocia some day.
How to get to Cappadocia
If you actually consider going to Cappadocia, it is advised to first go to Istanbul or Ankara, since the bus traffic from these cities to Cappadocia is rather good and frequent. The closest train station is located in Kayseri. The best vehicle for getting around in the region is also bus or minibus, which, in fact, does not cost that much.
The accommodation establishments in Cappadocia are of a great variety – pensions, motels, hotels of all the categories and camping sites. Turbel Hotel, Green Motel, Kirkit Pension, Bir Kedi Villa, the Village Cave Hotel are just a few places where to overnight.
When visiting Cappadocia enjoy the stillness of life that can be sensed there, appreciate the beauty of nature and historical values that, luckily, have still remained and contain some breath taking stories from the past.